We’ve had Purple Rain, and we’ve had Strawberry Fields, but what about Purple Fields? All across the globe, there are thousands of Lavender Farms that let you experience the sights, the sounds, and the fragrance of these beautiful plants. And the best part is, you don’t have to travel halfway across the world to see them – some of them are right on your doorstep. Take a look at the five best Lavender Farms you really need to visit..
Blues Dreamland – Beijing, China
If you find yourself in Asia, the Blues Dreamland is truly a Lavender lovers dream. In Chinese culture, Lavender is associated with romance, and many budding couples journey to these fields to show and share their love. The Blues Dreamland Lavender Farm is located in a picturesque setting in the grounds of a theme park (well, there’s your activity for after!) in twenty hectares of purple goodness. The fields are busiest on the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month and they are truly a sight to behold.
Mt Shasta Lavender Farms – Montague, California, USA
When visiting Mt Shasta Lavender Farms, you’ll feel miles away from the bustling, busy streets of California. The farms contain rows upon rows of blooming lavender underneath the peak of one of the highest points in the state. The farm is open between July and August each year, and allows visitors to wander through the rows, picnic in their grounds and even pick their own lavender.
Warratina Lavender Farm – Victoria, Australia
The Warratina Lavender Farm is just a short drive away from the city of Melbourne – located in the beautiful Yarra Valley. The farm prides itself on its different varieties and species of Lavender, and have nearly every variety known to man within their fields. And while you’re walking through the rows, you can also check out the hills of the Dandenong Ranges in the distance. The perfect backdrop.
Mayfield Lavender – Banstead, UK
It’s hard to imagine fields upon fields of Lavender not even 13 miles away from the center of London – but Mayfield Lavender boasts just that. The farm is a family run business and is popular with tourists, locals and wedding photography (because what better way to celebrate your nuptials than be surrounded by purple flowers?). And if you visit Mayfield Lavender in July, you might even get to be a part of their annual Lavender Festival.
Hvar is not technically a Lavender Farm, per se. Because really, the whole island is one giant Lavender breeding ground. The little island in the middle of the Adriatic sea is completely covered in Lavender plants – and if you visit during the summer, you won’t be able to see the real sea from the lavender sea. The Lavender plants cover the hillsides, the roads, the walls, and of course, the actual fields, and is really a sight to behold. Although the Lavender is harvested in July, so you will need to visit before it is all gone for the year.